New Director Waxes Lyrical
Lyric Hammersmith appoints new Artistic Director
The Lyric Hammersmith has announced that Sean Holmes will replace David Farr as its Artistic Director from Spring 2009.
David Farr is to leave the theatre in Lyric Square to become an Associate Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
During his career, David Holmes has also directed the Robert Lindsay-led revival of The Entertainer at the Old Vic and he regularly works with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Mr Holmes said he was deeply excited at the prospect of running a theatre with such a rich history.
"The first time I saw a show at the Lyric, Hammersmith, I fell in love with the space.” He said.
"The Lyric has always been a place where you expect the unexpected and I intend to continue this tradition with a wide-ranging body of work which will engage, surprise and delight our audience."
The first Lyric theatre opened in King Street in 1895 and performers from Sir John Gielgud to the experimental Canadian writer/performer Robert Lepage have appeared there.
Its history includes the presentation of Harold Pinter's first full-length play, The Birthday Party, in 1958.
October 17, 2008